Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cupid





With all of Corey's (Tongue In Cheek) talk about matchmaking it has led me to wonder about Cupid and our obsession with him down through the centuries.

Cupid was the son of Venus (the Roman Goddess of Love). He is often depicted as a beautiful, capricious child with wings and a quiver full of arrows or a torch to inflame love.

The early French painters (Fragonard shown above) often included this fascinating creature.

He is portrayed onto plates, jewelry caskets, even fabric.

Perhaps that is why we are so enamored by this little fellow. Cupid dances across our field of vision throughout our daily lives reminding us that love is everywhere!

14 comments:

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Susan,
I love the beautiful painting, and that plate so lovely, I have been looking for one with roses and cherubs, haven't found just the right
one yet, it's sort of dreary and wet
here and I can't wait for the sun to shine.....Staying in and keeping busy
creating. Pinkie Denise

Dorian Fletcher said...

Who could resist this chubby cherub?

rochambeau said...

The thing about Cupid, is he knows how to shoot such a precise arrow!
Great post. Good to think about this little fellow!!

Sherry said...

Very true Susan...love and hope...I think we live with hope and "cupid" represents possibility!

Donna O'Brien said...

Cupid has my heart- he is the ultimate stalker : )
D.

Suzanne said...

I've been pondering Cupid as well, but in silhouette form. That painting is absolutely beautiful! He looks so playful....no one could possibly be upset with him when he takes aim.

Designs by CK said...

Hi Susan!

WOW lovely blog, great cupid history, and so much great eye-candy! You are SO right LOVE is EVERYWHERE! '-)

Thanks for visiting mine today and the lovely compliment on my new "Valloween" PC!

Best,
Chris

Edgar and Edgar said...

Lovely thoughts and images...

Kimbelee

Sea Angels said...

Hi Susan, I love your new banner, I adore the frame, is it a woodcut...I'm not too knowledgeable on these things....I do like cupids all rosey cheeks and pleasures....
Have a great week
Hugs Lynn xx

Sandra Evertson said...

Beautiful post, that porcelain piece is beautiful!
Sandra Evertson

Joy Jones said...

Hi Susan,
I came across your beautiful blog tonight and was delighted to see your posting on Cupid...I have always LOVED this sweet little cherub and all he stands for...it's the reason I named by business Cupids Charm. So glad to read that I am not the only Cupid addict out there. Thanks for the posting! ~ Joy

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Lea said...

Those of visiting the matchmaking made in heaven (Provence, France!)have all been recipients of Cupid's arrow!!! And now here, with your lovely painting and plate, my heart is beating a little stronger with such beauty!

Thank you Miss Maddie!

Shabby Cottage Boutique said...

Your banner is gorgeous..lovely blog too.